Re: What is your outlook?
Dan Glickman served as the 26th United States Secretary of Agriculture, a post he held from 1995 until 2001. Previously he was a Democratic representative for Kansas in Congress for 18 years. Currently he is the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, which is comprised of the "big six" Hollywood studios. Glickman was born in Kansas in 1944 and began his career as a lawyer. He was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1986 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Harry E. Claiborne, a Nevada judge. Glickman has more recently served as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
Question: What is your outlook?
Dan Glickman: Well I don’t think you can be pessimistic, but I think that there are some pessimistic trends that I don’t like. And one of them is the lack of resiliency in our political system. That does worry me a lot. And if we continue down that road we will not have the best and brightest going into politics, and that’s harmful for America. On the other hand I think we’re gonna have a more educated world than we did before. I think the Internet offers great possibilities for democratizing education. We get more people learning more things. So you have to be optimistic. I mean I think we have some serious challenges from the global environment to wage and income equality which exist, to disease – various diseases – and energy, and other kinds of things. I’m not sure there’s anything that can’t be dealt with if our political systems are resilient enough to deal with them.
Recorded on: 7/6/07
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